About us

Dharma.direct aims to propose an online Buddhist magazine, an associated newsletter, as well as the tools and ‘safe space’ to support transmission, friendship and debates between Buddhist practitioners, the tools to support anyone's practice, and direct access to more experienced followers of the Eightfold Path…

At its inception, it's an individual effort by Denis Wallez, trying to gather authors and practitioners onto an empowering platform. Should this effort grow in magnitude, it's expected a different legal structure will arise.

The editorial priority of the magazine is to favour original content, from authors ready to actually engage online with their readers (from beginners to challenging seniors, alike), to favour education and dispel confusion.

Contrarily to commercial ventures and many non-profits, Dharma.direct does not require preconceived, fixed amounts to be paid to give access to its materials. However, donations within the reader's means (no matter how small or large) are encouraged, and some content or functionalities might become available to a given user only after some donation (possibly € 0.01 but not null).

Contact

contact @ dharma.direct
Denis Wallez / Dharma.direct
chemin de l'Évangile
73 310 Conjux
France

Disclaimer

The information provided on the site is subject to change without notice. Dharma.direct does not guarantee that such information is accurate, complete, or adequate. Dharma.direct does not guarantee that the site will perform without errors or continuously.

You waive, and shall not assert, any claims or allegations of any nature whatsoever against Dharma.direct, or any of its personnel and authors, arising out of or in any way relating to your use of the site or its content.

Without limitation of the foregoing, Dharma.direct shall not be liable for any direct, special, indirect or consequential damages, or any other damages of any kind (including, but not limited to: loss of use, loss of profits or loss of data, whether in an action in contract, tort —including but not limited to negligence— or otherwise) arising out of or in any way connected with the use of the site or its content, including (without limitation) any damages caused by or resulting from mistakes, errors, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files or email, defects, viruses, delays in operation or transmission or any failure of performance, whether or not resulting from acts of Māra, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to Dharma.direct's records, programs or servers.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Dharma.direct, as well as its personnel and authors, from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, expenses, losses, liabilities, and damages arising out of or in connection with the site or content, which Dharma.direct may incur, suffer, become liable for, or which may be asserted or claimed against Dharma.direct as a result of your acts, errors, or omissions, except as otherwise agreed upon in writing.

[See also detailed terms & conditions below]

Terms & conditions

You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in your content. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Dharma.direct a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any content which you submit, post or display on, or through, the platform. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Dharma.direct to display, distribute and promote the content.

Dharma.direct hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license for a limited duration at Dharma.direct's discretion, revocable at any time without cause, to access, display, download as technically required for displaying, and print one copy of the site content on any single computer solely for your own personal use, provided that you do not modify the content in any way and that you keep all copyright and other proprietary notices displayed on the content.

Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this site for personal use is granted without fee, provided that 1. copies are not made, or distributed, for profit or commercial advantage (neither directly —e.g. by selling a course based on the material— nor indirectly —e.g. by selling advertising space targetting the readers of the copied material) and 2. copies bear the copyright notice and the full citation (including wesbite address, and name of the author(s)).

Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this site for classroom use is granted without fee, provided that 1. copies are not made, or distributed, for profit or commercial advantage (neither directly —e.g. by selling a course based on the material— nor indirectly —e.g. by selling advertising space targetting the readers of the copied material), 2. copies bear the copyright notice and the full citation (including wesbite address, and name of the author(s)), and 3. only ‘public’ content is retained. The easiest way to ensure so is to load the desired page without logging in as a member, in which case the sole content visible will de facto be ‘public’.

To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission from Dharma.direct as well as from the author(s).

Printing pages of the site is limited by article L. 122-5 2° of the French Intellectual Property Code. You may not reproduce, modify, distribute, transmit, post, or disclose the content without Dharma.direct's, as well as the author(s)'s, written prior consent.

Dharma.direct reserves the right to withhold access to the site from any user breaching any of the provisions of these terms of use.

Dharma.direct has no obligation to monitor the content. However, Dharma.direct reserves the right to remove, edit or modify any content in its sole discretion from the site at any time, without notice to you and for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such content or if Dharma.direct is concerned that you may have violated the terms).

You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that Dharma.direct has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any content that you create, transmit or display while using the site and for the consequences of your actions (including any loss or damage which Dharma.direct may suffer) by doing so.

You agree to use the site in accordance with all applicable laws and these terms and conditions. You further agree that you will use all of the services or information provided on the site in accordance with the rules of conduct set forth below. This includes interactions with other users by email, web post, postal mail, or phone.

Prohibited conduct:

Copyrighted material, including (without limitation) software, graphics, text, photographs, sound, video and musical recordings, may not be placed on the site without the express permission of the owner of the copyright of the material, or other legal entitlement to use the material. You are solely responsible for obtaining such a permission.

Although Dharma.direct does not screen or monitor your content, Dharma.direct reserves the right to review and monitor all use of the site and to remove content that violates the above rules of which it becomes aware.

Any litigation related to interpretation or performance of the contractual terms defined in this document and with respect to any claim arising out of or related to the site will be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the French Civil Courts of Chambery, applying French law.

Privacy policy

You own all your personal data on Dharma.direct. As the owner, you can see, edit and/or delete this data.

Identification-related data is extremely sparse on Dharma.direct, since you're only asked to provide an email to become a member (yet you do not need to be a member to access public pages). You do not have to provide real name, age, gender or other personal data; you might do so voluntarily on your profile but this is not at the request of the site, and is not ‘processed’, in any way, by the site. There's one notable exception, though, if you donate; then, PayPal provides us with a payer_id (a unique number, which we do store, for the sake of tracking cash flows, and of helping us resolve quickly and simply any potential dispute).

The extremely vast majority of the data is visible, accessible and editable directly by yourself, via your profile page (accessible via https://dharma.direct/profile), notably via the “details” section at the bottom.

There 2 types of data not visible (let alone editable/deletable) via the profile are • the (time-ordered) list of distinct pages of the site you've accessed, and • the (intertwinned) list of donations you've made through Paypal. Nonetheless, this data can be provided to you, and modified/deleted, upon written request (address provided in the “about&hellip” section above).

All this data is kept solely for the purpose of providing the service on the site, it is neither shared with, nor sold to, any third-party.

You might request the deletion of your account and of all the associated data. Because there's no back-up, no mechanism to roll back, such a request will not be executed immediately, unless you do so in writing. If you request this online, via your profile page, then the request triggers a “cooling down” period of 24 hours. After such a duration, an email will be sent to you, requesting confirmation, and only upon confirmation will the deletion become effective. Note that if you change your mind after that, nothing of your past activity on our site will be retrievable, except your email address (strictly to prevent users from deleting and creating accounts repeatedly to abuse others with impunity).

With one notable exception, Dharma.direct does not use tools from Facebook Inc., Google LLC, their subsidiaries or any other internet-related company prone to mass surveillance (notably to target advertising). However, if you followed links to get to our site, then you might have left a trail while doing so that we cannot control. The sole exception is found in buttons from PayPal Holdings Inc., as PayPal is the service currently used to collect dāna, to pay hard costs as well as to distribute the dāna pool among authors. Most pages do not host such a button, so PayPal should not be able to track exactly which page you visit on our site, but PayPal might at some point know you're visiting the site. Note that, on occasion, PayPal uses ReCaptcha (from Google) — on their own site though, not directly on ours. PayPal's privacy policy is available, and Google's is available too.

Dharma.direct provides hyperlinks to other websites, and does not have control over the content of those websites, nor over their confidentiality policies, their use of personal data, use of cookies, or the way in which they collect, process and store that data. You're advised to check these, before using these sites.

Your data is stored in a SQL database, and processed, on a SimpleHosting (shared hosting) service provided by Gandi SAS. The selected server is located in Paris, France. Passwords are encrypted in such a way (state of the art encryption + random salt) that even direct access to the database will not allow to see them.